Loving

2016 | Drama | 123 minutes | English

Info

Richard Loving, a white construction worker, falls in love with Mildred Jeter, a black woman and family friend. When Mildred becomes pregnant, they decide to marry. Living in Virginia, they will be violating the state’s anti-miscegenation laws, so they move to Washington, D.C. where their marriage is legal. Mildred is homesick so they decide to move back to Virginia where Richard builds a house not far from Mildred’s family. Sheriff Brooks appears at their home and arrests Richard and Mildred claiming their marriage is not legal in Virginia. They are sentenced to one year in prison but the judge suspends the sentence if Richard and Mildred agree to leave the state. Richard and Mildred move back to Washington, D.C., but they are unhappy. Mildred misses her family and Richard believes Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws are unjust. Mildred writes to Attorney General Robert Kennedy for help and he refers her to American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, Bernard Cohen. The case eventually winds up in the Supreme Court. Cohen asks Richard if he has a message for the justices. Richard replies, “Tell the judge I love my wife.”

Cast
Joel Edgerton (Richard Loving) / Ruth Negga (Mildred Jeter-Loving) / Marton Csokas (Sheriff Brooks) / Nick Kroll (Bernie Cohen) 
Why Stream This Film?
There was a time many Southern states did not allow interracial couples to be legally married. So, the  only crime Richard and Mildred  committed was they fell in love and got married. Since this was illegal in Virginia, where they lived, they decide to sue. The case goes right up to the Supreme Court. Waiting to hear the Supreme Court decision is an incredibly tense moment in this unforgettable film.   
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
  • Metacritic Score: 79
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actress (Ruth Negga)
  • Golden Globes: Nominated, Best Actor, Drama (Joel Edgerton); Nominated, Best Actress, Drama (Ruth Negga)
  • New York Film Critics Circle: Winner, Breakthrough Performance (Joel Edgerton); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA): Winner, Best Original Screenplay
  • Cannes International Film Festival: In Competition, Palme d’Or 
Rarely has the oppressive, every-minute-of-every-day atmosphere of the impact of racism been captured as it is here. It is like the dust in the air or the crickets at night–always there.
Brian Tallerico

RogerEbert.com

Sometimes a movie speaks loudest when nobody raises a voice. I can’t remember a single scene of fierce denunciation, fervid declaration of righteousness, act of violence or shouting match in LOVING. Yet it lands with as much impact as any movie you’ll ever see.
Lawrence Toppman

The Charlotte Observer

There are few movies that speak to the American moment as movingly–and with as much idealism—as Jeff Nichol’s LOVING, which revisits the era when blacks and whites were so profoundly segregated in this country that they couldn’t always wed. It plucks two people, an interracial couple, from history and imagines them as they once were, when they were people instead of monuments to American exceptionalism. It was, the movie insists, the absolute ordinariness of their love that defined them, and that made the fight for it into an indelible story of this country.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

Even if you know how it ends, LOVING is an engrossing and delicate drama.
Kate Taylor

The Globe and Mail

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